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    Nuanced difference between the noun doubt and doubts

    It means that you are starting to lose confidence in his ability. The plural form suggests that the doubting has occurred on multiple occasions. Yes, that's a reasonable understanding. You can paraphrase this to mean 'a feeling of being unsure' about the scheme. That means the speaker is not...
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    May my son eat one of those sweets?

    1) No, don't use May my son ... Use can. 2) Yes, but I suggest you use the former. 3) That sentence is not an example of asking for permission.
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    toe-jam

    I'm going to assume that the Italian home appliance company wasn't similarly conceived as an abbreviation.
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    If you had been there.

    Yes, in the same context, they would both be understood to mean the same thing.
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    toe-jam

    The first time I'd ever heard of toe jam was the song by the brilliant David Byrne.
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    Feelings for a cake

    Why?
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    He beckoned to her...

    Remember that different prepositions have different meanings. I told you to use to to express the direction of communication. Yankee's for has a different meaning, which here expresses the purpose of his motioning. Don't blame the language for your lack of understanding it.
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    He beckoned to her...

    Use beckon to mean 'Say "Come here" with your hand'. Beckoning is the thing you do with your hand when you wag your fingers and pull your arm towards you. I'm sure you know what I mean because it's one of those universal hand gestures, understood intuitively by everyone, regardless of culture...
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    He beckoned to her...

    Stop googling it, then, and just take my advice on board. Yes. It refers to the thing you do with your hand to tell someone 'Come here'. No. Either ignore it, or try to understand it the sense I'm telling you.
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    ' Everyone hoped to have learned and know everything by the following Monday'?

    This sentence is awful. Where did you see it? The past tense of the verb hoped shows that the sentence is set in the past. No. Yes, they have a chance. No. The sentence means this: At one time in the past (let's call this Wednesday, for the sake of explanation): The people in question do...
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    He beckoned to her...

    First of all, beckon is completely wrong because it means 'to call someone towards you'. Follow it with to. Whether motion can be used to signal to someone to stay put is arguable, but I think it's fine. Also follow with to.
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    struck /stricken with/by cancer

    Use a. The use of with shows that stricken is an adjective describing her cancerous state. Using struck by would be a passivisation of the verb strike.
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    slouch/stoop/hump/hunch

    The word you're looking for is slouching, which describes a body posture whether the person is walking or sitting. stoop is an action verb that means something like 'bend your body', so it doesn't work to describe posture unless used as an adjective, as in stooped (over). The same goes for...
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    a person who has received an official honour ...

    The present perfect aspect is used because you can only become a saint after you're dead. For that reason, your version a. doesn't work well as you can't really receive something after you die. Your version b. is okay but the perfect aspect works better to express the idea that it happens after...
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    He’s the wrong man.

    Yes. You could also say You've got the wrong man.
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    stop or comma

    I read it like this: And the top step makes 365—one for each day of the year ... but I think we've missed something.
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    According to the memo, what are sales representatives asked to do?

    Yes, I think question 11 ought to be in the present.
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    snicket (alley) (BrE)

    Really? Everyone I know in my part of Sussex uses "twitten".
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    If it is something that I am interested in

    I'm not sure I follow. The bit between the commas is not extra information—on the contrary, it's crucial information. It's the condition clause.
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    Meaning of "what might be tide"

    Ah, that makes sense now.
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